People travel for different reasons. Some are seeking adventure, others relaxation, people trying to learn about themselves, about a new culture, to feel... I travel to see the world. Our planet is too big and too beautiful, I feel an urge to discover it, to experience it.
I was in The Burren, where dramatic karst formations of limestone stripped bare by glaciers are covered with faults and ridges. In this lunar landscape it's difficult to imagine that anything could survive. In fact it's teeming with life, nurtured by dedicated farmers and committed food producers.
Throughout history, civilisations have sought to honour the divine in some way, be it at awe-inspiring natural spots, places where miracles or visions were reported, or buildings consecrated for worship.
Just up the road from Helsingor is Hornbaek where Denmark's young and beautiful take summer houses and look like something out of a Ralph Lauren ad on the beach. Not a tattoo or anyone who needed to miss a meal or two in site.
The Brazilian summer officially begins towards the end of December when the countries of the northern hemisphere are going through harsh winters, but the sun shines all year round on our coast.
We grabbed a budget rental car and headed to the laid back beaches of Fort Myers, compared to the more hedonistic Miami where an overnight stay at Loews hotel gave us a glam glimpse of city, with a super safe family swimming pool and Nikki Beach's famous brunch just a stone's throw away.
Sunshine and blue skies are often regarded as key elements of attractive travel photography. Fortunately both were present for a good chunk of my recent trip along the German Limes Route.
The key to life is balance. We need to work hard, and we should. However, make sure to enjoy the sweet summer sun for it will set soon. Make time to be a flaneur. I find it the best of gifts.
It was a long car journey, taking nearly two full days with an overnight stop in a fantastic budget hotel in Le Mans en route (see, I can speak French and everything!). We learnt a few things during our trip, so here's my honest guide to driving in France, with some helpful tips and a few MASSIVE generalisations, all served with un petit peu of sarcasm:
As the day ticked on and temperatures soared to 36C, we were invited into the chateau to keep cool. Filled with family heirlooms collected from the world over, I enjoyed finding out a little about Anne Marie's family history as we walked and talked from delightful room to delightful room.
When you're in a relationship, finding out whether you can go on holiday together and remain happy in each other's company is one of the biggest tests you'll face. Alongside discovering whether the other person has the brain capacity to remember when bin day is, it's the issue most likely to break you.
My sister was officially in labour. It was a little surreal since I just rolled over and continued to snooze, conscious of the pain she was about to endure and the chaotic hub of emotion about to let fly, but geographically and mentally I couldn't have felt further away. Winnipeg, CA - 3,630 miles away from Dublin city.
As Oscar Wilde wrote perfectly: 'only dull people are brilliant at breakfast'. Give us a big warming bowl of something to hug from within; satisfy us with something from the frying pan; heck, give us toast slathered in butter - all served with the strongest coffee one can find.
Margate is having a moment. That should probably be #Margate is having a moment. Suddenly all the cool kids are going to the beach, buying sticks of rock and instagramming "Scream if you Wanna go Faster" posters. The temptation is to turn on the hipsters and shoo them away but I presume it's this kind of attention that keeps small seaside towns going.
Books are there to make you dream and escape the real world. But sometimes, the books just open our eyes to what is out there. And there it is - the travel bug is back. No matter how hard you try to fight it, these books will make you want to hop on a train, plane or fuel up the car and just go
While the recent and terrible devastation of the 2015 earthquake in Nepal badly affected tourism and caused many trips to be cancelled, now is the perfect time to start planning a trip to this fascinating nation.